The holidays are a great time to remind us the importance of keeping in touch with family and friends. Interestingly enough, I’ve noticed a steady decline in the number of traditional Christmas cards and an increase in the number of online greetings we receive this time of year.
According to a 2010 study at the Pew Research Center, online users ages 50-64 make up the fastest growing group of social media users. It’s only logical they would integrate emerging media into their personal lives to help stay connected.
Facebook and Skype are “a great way for older people to keep track of the lives of people who are important to them,” said Doug Shadel Washing state director of AARP.
In Washington, 70 percent of people age 45 and older who use the Internet have at least one social media account, according to a survey AARP Washington conducted last year. More than two-thirds said social networking sites are a great way to stay in touch.
Josh Seftel, an award wining independent film maker was looking for a way keep his aging mother connected to the family (she lives in Florida, he lives in New York), so he bought her an iPad and taught her how to use Facetime (she calls it facelift).
He began recording their conversations and uploading them to YouTube. Pat Seftel expounds on everything from Boston Red Sox facial hair to twerking to the latest releases from Hollywood. Hence the title – My Mom on Movies.
(Here’s the link – http://www.youtube.com/user/MyMomOnMovies)
Her companion Facebook page has almost 900 followers!
If you can’t be there in person, this is certainly a clever substitute!